Chelsea's Nick Hill Talks Michigan St. Offer

"(They're) telling me what they want to see from me, they're a top academic program, they're a program on the uptick the past few years, plus Coach Dantonio is a great guy and (so is) Coach Enos who is recruiting me.-- Nick Hill

CHELSEA - For most FBS scholarship hopefuls, the way to a scholarship is to go to one or more combine sessions, post fantastic numbers that generate tremendous buzz and grab the college coaches interest.

But Chelsea's Nick Hill decided to take a different strategy, one that was risky, but still resulted in his first Big Ten offer, from Michigan State.

"I got it yesterday after the camp, (Coach Dantonio) took me in his office they sat me down and said 'we're going to offer you.'"

Hill explained his strategy of eschewing the combine circuit.

"I feel that the combines are all about stats, but going to an actual college camp its like, 'ok you did good stats at the combine but what are you going to do in person?," said Hill.

"I thought, I'm not going to waste my time and money going to a combine, just to hear a coach say 'we want you to come to our camp'. I just said forget about all the combines, forget about all that, I'm going to go to a camp if they need me to. I sent them my film but I'm going to show up at their camp if they need me at their camp."

So he showed up at Michigan State on Friday for the 7-on-7 passing competition and the results were excellent. "He put on a little magic show," said Thomas Hill, Nick's father regarding Hill's performance in some passing drills.

Hill said the offer meant a lot to him. "It's my first Big Ten offer, but I've been offered by all the MAC schools and by Stanford."

"It means to me that all my hard work has paid off. I know they've brought in a lot of backs, but they also see something in me that, you know, that's the guy we want right there. That offer shows me that I'm the top guy in the state and also in the country, that they offered me like that."

So with the offer, where does MSU stand with Hill?

"They sit highly at the top of my list, not just because they offered me, but they been showing me a lot of attention for about a year and a half now. (They're) telling me what they want to see from me, they're a top academic program, they're a program on the uptick the past few years, plus Coach Dantonio is a great guy and (so is) Coach Enos who is recruiting me."

Hill says he has a timetable in place for a decision.

"I'll probably make my decision by the end of this summer or early on in the football season," said Hill who added that he may not take all five allotted official visits.

"If I make my decision before football season then I wont take all five, but if I don't then I'll take all five. If I had to say which ones (for sure) it would be UCLA and Oregon."


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